Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative

Welcome to the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative website.

Welcome to the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative website. The Collaborative was formed to provide a regional approach, using shared resources, to address the management of pollution from municipal stormwater discharges. Members of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative include member towns in the Northeast Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG) and the  Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG), with support from local and regional agencies including NECCOG, SCCOG, the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and others.

This website was developed to provide tools and resources to municipalities to aid in the management of stormwater pollution.

Development of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.

MEETINGS

Meeting summary: The kickoff meeting of the Southeastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments office at 5 Connecticut Drive, Norwich, CT on October 24, 2018 from 9-11 am. Judy Rondeau of the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District welcomed attendees and provided an overview of the purpose and goals of the Collaborative.  John Woodsmall, Town of Holden, MA, provided an overview of the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition. Dave Dickson of CT NEMO provided an overview of the MS4 Stormwater Assistance Program. Liz Crutcher of SCCOG reviewed the development of a regional stormwater infrastructure database and led a discussion regarding municipal stormwater infrastructure data needs.

Meeting agenda

Welcome presentation

Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition Presentation

CT NEMO MS4 Stormwater Assistance Program

Meeting summary:  The winter quarterly meeting of the Southeastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments office at 5 Connecticut Drive, Norwich, CT on January 23, 2019 from 9-11 am. Judy Rondeau of the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District welcomed participants and provided an update of activities since the October meeting. Sam Alexander of SCCOG led a round table discussion regarding municipal infrastructure mapping efforts and challenges in compliance with MS4 permit requirements. Liz Crutcher of SCCOG presented a tutorial on the use of the mobile and web application Epicollect5 as an option for stormwater infrastructure mapping. Judy wrapped up the meeting by soliciting volunteers for a steering committee.

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Meeting presentation

Epicollect5 tutorial

CT NEMO Task List for 2004 MS4 Permittees

CT NEMO Task List for New MS4 Permittees

Meeting summary:  The spring quarterly meeting of the Southeastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments office at 5 Connecticut Drive, Norwich, CT on April 24, 2019 from 9-11 am. Judy Rondeau, ECCD, welcomed attendees and provided an update of current activities. ECCD has applied to the Community Foundation of Eastern CT for funding to support the Collaborative for 2019-2020. ECCD has also applied for funding through the Long Island Stewardship Fund to create a Think Blue, Connecticut NPS outreach program. See the link below for a similar program developed by the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition.  Dave Dickson of CT NEMO provided an update on the status of the development of statewide GIS standards. Dan Imig and Jeremy Willcox of CT DOT presented an overview of the new CT DOT MS4 permit (the presentation is posted below). Substantial discussion followed regarding aspects of the CT DOT permit as relate to municipal MS4 permits, including the standardization of mapping schema for sharing between state and municipal agencies and  stormwater system interconnections. Liam Nangle, a senior at the University of Connecticut, presented the results of a project he and fellow student Nelson Durkee conducted in partnership with the City of Norwich, Developing a Disconnection Strategy for Norwich. For information about this project, please contact Bruce Hyde at the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR).  In preparation for outfall water quality sampling, Amanda Ryan of CT NEMO’s MS4 Support Program presented an overview of dry and wet weather outfall testing. This presentation is also posted below. The summer meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24th, from 9-11 am at the SCCoG office in Norwich.

Dan Imig and Jeremy Willcox of CTDOT review the CTDOT MS4 permit at the April 24th SE CT Stormwater Collaborative meeting.

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Meeting presentation

CTDOT MS4 Permit Presentation

CT NEMO Stormwater Quality Monitoring Requirements Presentation

CT NEMO IDDE Template

CT NEMO IDDE Example Ordinance

Think Blue, Massachusetts NPS Campaign

Meeting summary:  The summer quarterly meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments office at 5 Connecticut Drive, Norwich, CT on July 24, 2019 from 9-11 am. Judy Rondeau, ECCD, welcomed attendees and provided an update of current activities. ECCD was awarded funding from the Community Foundation of Eastern CT to support the Collaborative for 2019-2020 and expand the Collaborative into northeast Connecticut. ECCD did not receive funding from the Long Island Community Foundation through the Long Island Stewardship Fund to create a Think Blue, Connecticut NPS outreach program. ECCD will continue to seek funding to support the development of this program. Amanda Ryan, CT NEMO, provided an update on permit tasks to be completed in Year 3 of the MS4 permit for both new and existing permittees. The presentation and permit task timelines are posted below. Brian Sear and Joe Lanzafame of the City of New London provided an overview of the establishment of a stormwater utility in the City. This presentation is posted below.  Victor Benni, Town of East Lyme, provided an overview of how the East Lyme Engineering Department determined DCIA using mapping tools and information available on the CLEAR website, and determined DCIA reductions. The presentation, spreadsheet and links to CLEAR mapping tools are posted below.  The fall meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 9-11 am (location to be determined).

CT NEMO Interactive MS4 Map

Meeting agenda

CT NEMO – What’s Up for Year 3 of the MS4 Permit?

CT NEMO – MS4 Tasks for 2004 Permittees

CT NEMO – MS4 Tasks for New 2017 Permittees

CT NEMO – MS4 Monitoring Requirement Comparisons

City of New London Stormwater Utility Program

Town of East Lyme Determining DCIA and DCIA Reductions

Town of East Lyme DCIA Determination Spreadsheet 

CT NEMO Interactive MS4 Map

CT NEMO DCIA Mapping and Determination

Meeting summary:  The fall meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments office at 5 Connecticut Drive, Norwich, CT on October 23rd, 2019 from 9-11 am.  Judy Rondeau, ECCD, welcomed attendees and congratulated the collaborative on its one-year anniversary. Judy provided an update of current activities and opportunities. A previous grant application to fund the Think Blue, CT campaign was unsuccessful. Judy plans to apply to the NFWF Long Island Futures Fund in the spring. Judy commented that CT DEEP will be announcing its CWA §319 grant round later this fall. The 319 grant program could be a source of funding for towns to conduct stormwater improvement projects, possibly in combination with capitol improvement projects that could help to meet certain MS4 permit requirements. Eric Thomas of DEEP’s watershed division stated that DEEP staff are available to help determine what types of activities would be eligible under the 319 funding. Victor Benni (East Lyme) commented that Sustainable CT has funding for sustainable projects for towns enrolled in the Sustainable CT program (https://sustainablect.org/).  Amanda Ryan, CT NEMO, provided an update of  MS4 permit requirements for Year 3 (due July 1, 2020). Victor Benni, East Lyme DPW, shared with attendees the procedure East Lyme has developed to track and develop maintenance plans for stormwater ponds and other treatment structures. Sam Alexander, SCCOG, and Heidi Comeau, City of Groton, provided an overview of the procedure they utilized to update the City of Groton’s outfall mapping.  Judy closed the meeting by asking what type of information or programs the Collaborative can offer at the winter meeting to help members with current and/or upcoming MS4 permit requirements.   The winter meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 9-11 am (location to be determined).  All meeting materials can be viewed below.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation

What’s Up For MS4 Year 3?

East Lyme Example SW Pond & Treatment Structures Inspection and Maintenance Schedule

East Lyme Example SW Ponds & Treatment Structures Log in Priority Areas Only

SCCOG-City of Groton Outfall Mapping Partnership

Meeting summary:  The winter meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held at the Northeastern CT Council of Governments office at 125 Putnam Pike, in Dayville, CT on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 9-11 am.  Judy Rondeau, ECCD, welcomed attendees. Judy and Dan Mullins, ECCD, announced that ECCD has submitted a proposal  to the Community Foundation of Eastern CT for an additional three years of funding. ECCD has also entered into an MOU with NECCOG to provide storm sewer infrastructure mapping for member MS4 towns.  Amanda Ryan reviewed the upcoming MS4 annual report requirements and referenced the available report template. Correne Auer of HRP Associates provided an overview of good housekeeping practices required in the MS4 permit. Katie Milardo reviewed the stormwater management good housekeeping practices at the University of CT Storrs campus.  The spring meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 9-11 am (location to be determined).

All meeting materials can be viewed below. The MS4 annual report templates and transmittal form can be found in the Documents tab on the menu to the left.

Meeting attendees view Correne Auer’s presentation on Good Housekeeping practices required by the 2016 MS4 permit.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation

MS4 Permit Good Housekeeping Practices – Correne Auer, HRP Associates

UConn Stormwater Good Housekeeping Practices – Katie Milardo, UConn Facilities Operations

MS4 Good Housekeeping Task List

Meeting summary:  The spring meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 9-11 am, via Zoom on-line meeting app.  ECCD has received funding from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to continue to support the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative. ECCD has purchased water quality testing kits and handheld GPS units to allow towns to conduct their own water quality sampling and storm drain system and outfall mapping. Dave Dickson of CT NEMO reviewed MS4 permit tasks that should be completed by July 1, 2020 and upcoming MS4 tasks for 2020-2021. Erik Mas, PE, of Fuss & O’Neill provided a comprehensive overview of developing a stormwater retrofit plan.  Dave Dickson followed up with a review of the University of Connecticut Stormwater Corps Program. Towns who are interested in partnering with UConn to participate in the Stormwater Corps Program should contact Dave at david.dickson@uconn.edu.  The summer meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 9-11 am (location to be determined).

All meeting materials can be viewed below. An example Stormwater Retrofit Strategy from the Port of Portland and DCIA tracking documents developed by Fuss & O’Neill can be found in the Documents tab on the menu to the left.

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Meeting Recording

Developing a Retrofit Plan to Reduce DCIA – Erik Mas, Fuss & O’Neill

Meeting summary:  The summer meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held on Wednesday, July  22, 2020, from 9-11 am, via Zoom.  Following a brief review of permit requirements for 2020-2021, we were joined by guests Seth Brown and Randy Neprash from the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance, who provided an overview of their organization. The meeting wrapped up with a lively roundtable discussion on the benefits of creating a municipal stormwater committee to assist with the implementation of the MS4 permit with guests Lynn Sadosky, Director of Public Works for North Haven and Rebecca Talamini, Geospatial Project Manager with App Geo. For those who missed CLEAR’s comprehensive CTMS4 Permit Update: What should be done and what’s next? webinar in June, the link to the full webinar can be found below. The fall meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 9-11 am (venue TBD). Please contact Judy at judy.rondeau@comcast.net if you have any topics you would like to see addressed.

All meeting materials can be viewed below.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation

National Municipal Stormwater Alliance Presentation

For those who missed CLEAR’s June 26th MS4 webinar, CTMS4 Permit update: What should be done and what’s next?,  click on the webinar title to link to the recording on the CLEAR website.

Meeting summary:  The fall meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 9-11 am, via Zoom.  Following a review of upcoming MS4 permit tasks by Amanda Ryan of CLEAR, attendees discussed impaired waters outfall sampling procedures and requirements. The winter meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 9-11 am (venue TBD). Please contact Judy at judy.rondeau@comcast.net if you have any topics you would like to see addressed.

All meeting materials can be viewed below.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation

CLEAR MS4 Stormwater Assistance Program 2017 IDDE Workshop Materials

Meeting summary:  The winter meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 9-11 am, via Zoom.  Topics included how to manage water quality data collected as part of MS4 permit requirements.  After a brief overview of data management considerations, we were joined by Jacob Conshick of Barton & Loguidice, who shared an Access-based data management package developed to help their clients manage their MS4 permit needs. The spring meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 9-11 am (venue TBD). Please contact Judy at judy.rondeau@comcast.net if you have any topics you would like to see addressed at a future meeting.

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Meeting Presentation

Data Management Resources

Meeting Recording (please email Judy for the link)

Meeting summary:  The spring meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 9-11 am via Zoom Web Conferencing. Our guest speaker, Jean Pillo, Watershed Conservation Project Manager at ECCD,  discussed Connecticut water quality standards, and how to use collected outfall data to track down pollution sources in municipal storm drain system catchment areas. Meeting materials are available below. A recording of the meeting is also available. Please contact Judy Rondeau at judy.rondeau@comcast.net for a link to the recording.

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CT Water Quality Standards and Catchment Area Trackdowns Presentation

Meeting summary:  The summer meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative, scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 9-11 am (via Zoom), will be rescheduled.  Please contact Judy at judy.rondeau@comcast.net if you have any topics you would like to see addressed at a future meeting.

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Meeting Presentation

Meeting summary:  The fall meeting of the Eastern Connecticut Stormwater Collaborative will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 9-11 am (venue TBD).  Please contact Judy at judy.rondeau@comcast.net if you have any topics you would like to see addressed at a future meeting.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation